Dalkeith and Penicuik clash as promotion battle hots up

Dalkeith manager Willie Pearson. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Dalkeith manager Willie Pearson. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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Promotion-chasing rivals Dalkeith Thistle and Penicuik Athletic go head to head at Kings Park tonight (6.30pm kick-off) in pursuit of a place in the top flight.

Both sides are unbeaten ahead of the fourth versus fifth Premier Division derby clash.

The hosts have aspirations of third place which would ensure a play-off against third bottom from the Super League, while Penicuik, who are nine points behind leaders Fauldhouse United with six games in hand, are on target for the title.

Penicuik player-manager Craig Meikle, eager to secure three points, said: “It’s another good chance to open up the gap between ourselves and Dalkeith who are well in the promotion battle.

“We are in a great spot in the league. We have points on the board and we have games in hand. It’s in our hands and if we continue to perform as we have been, then I think we can look forward with confidence that we’ll get one of the promotion spots.

“Hopefully we can win the title. That was the goal at the start of the season and if we fell short, second place would be a good runner-up prize.”

Dalkeith boss Willie Pearson admits the title is out of their reach, but his side hope to secure the play-off place. He said: “We are aiming for third place. We have no chance of winning the league, maybe an outside chance of second. It’ll be a good game and we are looking forward to it.”

The home side have a full squad available while Penicuik welcome back Jordan Lister and Craig Millar, but Meikle is injured and captain Dougie Cunnison is on holiday.